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Wildlife: Traditional hide-tanning arts take step into future – Edmonton Journal

by pmnationtalk on April 12, 201896 Views

April 12, 2018

The spirit of some of Alberta’s oldest art will be on display at the Alberta Craft Discovery Gallery starting April 14 in a dual show by Ruby Sweetman and Amy Malbeuf.

The Art of Hide Tanning: Tradition Inspiring the Present and Future will showcase various work by the two Indigenous women, both graduates of the Native Arts and Culture program at Portage College in Lac La Biche.

Sweetman’s bio notes she’s “of mixed Cree ancestry and has been a professional artist and an instructor in the Native Arts and Culture Program for over 20 years. As one of the most experienced instructors of the traditional Woodland Cree hide tanning process, she creates traditional hide tanning art works representing the past.”

Malbeuf, whose painted steel sculpture Iskotew we’ll be seeing this fall in the city’s Indigenous Art Park, (ÎNÎW) River Lot 11∞, “is an award winning Métis multidisciplinary visual artist from Rich Lake, Alberta, who works in a variety of mediums such as caribou hair tufting, beadwork, installation, performance and video.”

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